We made mistakes, will introspect: Kejriwal on MCD polls

RSTV Bureau

After a massive defeat at the Local Body Elections in Delhi and reports of in-fighting within the party, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accepted his mistakes and asserted that it’s time to get back to work.

Kejriwal said that the party made some crucial mistakes which led to their heavy defeat in the Delhi’s civic polls.

The remarks are part of a brief written statement, shared by the AAP chief on Twitter, three days after the party was defeated by the BJP in the Delhi municipal polls.

The Statement comes after Party senior leader Kumar Vishwas asked the party brass to look into reasons beyond EVM rigging to explain its recent poll defeats.


Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal flanked by security personnel after casting his vote, in New Delhi

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal flanked by security personnel after casting his vote, in New Delhi

Vishwas, a member of party’s top decision-making body, the Political Affairs Committee, said there has been a “communication gap” between the party, its volunteers and voters, adding that the AAP is getting “Congressionised” to an extent.

The AAP leader said with the poll results it has also become “obvious” that people did not vote for the AAP.

Meanwhile, addressing the councillors at his residence on Friday, Kejriwal administered them a pledge of “loyalty”.

Kejriwal said volunteers were the backbone of the AAP and should not be “turned away” when they come with requests. “Keep in mind that they come with requests of the people of their respective areas,” the AAP chief had said.

The party stormed to power in Delhi with an overwhelming majority of 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly in 2015, gaining prominence in the national stage.

Since then, it has focused on expanding its base beyond the national capital, but its foray in Punjab and Goa failed,
and the party has also lost its grip on the national capital in the recent past.

In Punjab, the party did emerge as the primary opposition but the performance did not live up to the hype. In Delhi, the party first lost the Rajouri Garden assembly by poll and within days, received a drubbing in the civic elections, where the BJP retained control of all the three corporations.